Fructose – the new “Black” in food intolerances
We all hear the words “the new black” and think O.K that is the new latest trend, must remember that when I get dressed so that I can at least look half put together. Unfortunately I am seeing fructose as a problem more and more, and it probably is the most recent of the food intolerance discoveries even though it has been known about for at least ten years now. When patients make an appointment to see me, I ask them to fill in an extensive questionnaire that helps me to understand what is going on with their intestinal health, there are a few key questions that are directly solely for the purpose of identifying if there could be a fructose malabsorption problem going on. So if you answer yes to these questions there is a possibility that fructose is your new black.
- Do you not feel great after eating fruit on an empty stomach?
- If you eat fruit on an empty stomach with yoghurt you feel O.K?
- Do you get gut pain high up under your ribs?
- Does eating fruit give you diarrheoa and gassiness?
- You have decided that you are going to try and be healthier and start to eat more fruit and you are just feeling worse?
If you answered yes to these questions, you may have a fructose malabsorption problem, you as well may have a food intolerance, or a bacterial imbalance in your gut, they key is to identify it correctly then your path to good health is made so much easier.
Fructose is not just about fruit, there is fructose in many other foods as well, which does make it tricky for you to work out what is going on, the fructans in bread may be the problem, coconut milk and cream are high in fructose, and pears which are safe for many other food problems are problematic for fructose.